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Photo by PoPville flickr user Timothy Wooten

Summary of today’s WWII Arsenal of Democracy Flyover:

“Seventy years after Allied forces won the world’s freedom in Europe, 56 vintage World War II airplanes celebrated Victory in Europe Day in a tremendous display of airpower and history before a crowd of thousands gathered along the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover included aircraft flying in 15 historically sequenced formations that represented the major battles of the war, starting with Pearl Harbor and ending with a missing man formation led by Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO) in a TBM Avenger, the same model of airplane former President George H.W. Bush flew when he was shot down overseas.

Under a nearly perfect sky, the event honored the men and women who flew and fought in the war, and those at home who manufactured the planes, ships, and tanks that allowed the Allies to secure victory. Among those in attendance for the historic flyover were more than 400 veterans of World War II, drawn to both the commemoration of VE Day and the unprecedented display of vintage military aircraft. For many, it was the first time they had seen these types of airplanes since they saw them over the skies of Europe and the Pacific more than seven decades ago.

The planes flew at 1,000 feet, making them easily visible to onlookers from the ground. A live webcast provided narration about the planes and their role in the battles to Americans across the country. All of the airplanes returned successfully to either Manassas or Culpeper Regional Airport except for one that made a precautionary landing at Reagan National Airport.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Nathan Castellanos

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“Newman Row, first houses built in Petworth 8th Street between Upshur and Varnum, March 1893″

I’ve been doing this blog coming on 9 years now and this might be coolest email I’ve ever received:

“I have found very old photos from my family, who were early builders/residents of DC. Apparently they built a row of houses that were the “first in Petworth” in 1893, back then called Newman’s Row. My paternal grandfather’s family’s name is Newman and the homes were at 8th and Upshur.”

Thanks so much to Connie for sharing her family’s photos – they are jaw droppingly spectacular.

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“Newman residence, first in Petworth 1893″ (These are Newmans)

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“View west from Newman Residence, 8th and Upshur 1893″

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“Newman Row Petworth 1894″

8th and Upshur Street, NW Today:

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looking north on 8th towards Varnum

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looking east on Upshur towards New Hampshire

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looking west on Upshur towards Georgia

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Unknown/from Washingtoniana Division, D.C. Public Library

A reader tweets us:

“The woman behind #DC #cherryblossoms: Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore. Her story should be told!”

From Wikipedia:

“It was on their return to Washington, D.C. in 1885 that Eliza had her famous idea of planting Japanese cherry trees in the capital. Scidmore found little interest in her cherry tree idea, but more in her impressions of Alaska, the subject of her first book, Alaska, Its Southern Coast and the Sitkan Archipelago (1885). She joined the National Geographic Society in 1890, soon after its founding, and became a regular correspondent and later the Society’s first female trustee…

Scidmore’s cherry blossom scheme began to bear fruit when incoming first lady Helen Taft took an interest in the idea in 1909. With the first lady’s active support, plans moved quickly, but the first effort had to be aborted due to concerns about infestation. Subsequent efforts proved successful, however, and today many visitors enjoy the sakura of West Potomac Park and other areas of the capital, particularly during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Ryan Chiachiere

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2010 ride courtesy of President Lincoln’s Cottage

From an email:

“Details: Lincoln’s Last Ride, Monday April 13, 12-3:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln last rode out to the Soldiers’ Home on April 13, 1865, one day before his assassination. We will retrace Lincoln’s final commute on horseback from the White House to the Soldiers’ Home. Horses and riders from the Fort Myer Caisson Platoon and from the Goshen Hounds Hunt club will participate in this event.

You are invited to salute the ride from *viewing stations and sidewalks along the route, and to welcome the horses and riders to the Cottage at the ride’s end. A brief ceremony will take place at 3:00 pm outside of the Cottage following the ride.

Route: 15th Street NW > Vermont Ave NW > Rhode Island Ave NW > Georgia Ave NW > Rock Creek Church Road NW > Arrive at President Lincoln’s Cottage.

-*Shaw Library plaza, Rhode Island Ave NW and 7th St NW
-*Howard University plaza, Fairmont St NW and Georgia Ave NW
Ride begins at 12 PM. 3:30 PM end time is approximate”

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If you have a photo of a neat find from your house or place of work please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail.com thanks. To those who have I sent – I promise I’m working through the queue!

“Found in the original gas fireplace of my Park View house (built 1916):

Old playing cards
What appears to be a handheld roulette wheel
Tooth powder container
(Not pictured: Mummified mouse)”

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If you have a photo of a neat find from your house or place of work please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail.com thanks. To those who have I sent – I promise I’m working through the queue!

“Here are the cool things we have found in our place in Mt Pleasant. Clearly kids have lived here.

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The soldier was buried and partially stuck to a concrete deck post footing. We think he is early WW2, or maybe between the wars.

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The aircraft flash cards were behind baseboards. WW2. They are each about 2 inches across.

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The marbles just keep showing up inside and in the yard.

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The tasting cups were in the attic. One is inscribed twice, the other just once.”